Sandia Golf Club

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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7755
Slope 129
Rating 75.5
Type Resort
Located just outside Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sandia Golf Club is one of the most fun and scenic casino golf experiences found anywhere. Designed by Scott Miller, who learned his craft while working for Jack Nicklaus Sandia opened in 2005 and has been lauded for its combination of playability and challenge for all golfers. It is associated with Sandia Resort & Casino, one of the best resort destinations for golfers and gamblers in the Southwest. Owned and operated by the Prairie Band of the Potawatomi nation, the resort offers 228 luxurious guestrooms, three restaurants and a casino that boasts more than 140,000 square feet of gaming space, including more than 2,000 slots and more than 50 table games.
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Professional 72 7755 yards 75.5 129
Championship 72 7154 yards 72.5 125
Club 72 6671 yards 70.1 120
Resort (W) 72 6008 yards 72.9 127
Resort 72 6008 yards 67.1 116
Forward 72 5093 yards 63.1 101
Forward (W) 72 5093 yards 67.4 121
Scorecard for Sandia Golf Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Professional - Black M: 76.0/133 380 459 189 515 662 403 592 191 480 3871 421 655 178 387 457 472 208 601 505 3884 7755
Championship - Gold M: 72.9/128 337 413 179 449 637 374 568 179 421 3557 402 630 171 348 416 449 175 539 465 3595 7152
Club - Blue M: 70.9/126 305 413 179 406 610 374 568 166 421 3442 350 591 171 348 416 435 175 479 434 3399 6841
Resort - White M: 69.8/124 W: 76.4/127 305 373 152 406 557 338 507 166 395 3199 350 591 141 289 353 398 168 479 434 3203 6402
Forward - Red M: 63.5/105 W: 68.4/115 256 275 132 300 501 281 443 129 272 2589 280 458 87 220 223 364 145 409 337 2523 5112
Handicap 15 9 3 11 1 13 17 5 7 6 2 8 12 16 4 10 18 14
Par 4 4 3 4 5 4 5 3 4 36 4 5 3 4 4 4 3 5 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 15 17 7 13 1 3 11 9 5 16 6 12 14 10 2 8 18 4

Course Details

Year Built 2005
Architect Scott Miller (2005) Wadsworth Golf Construction (2005)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper attire is required

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4.9
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Sandia Golf is a sure bet

My wife and I played Sandia on back to back days , October 16/17 as resort guests. The staff was very welcoming and friendly. It is a course that is well maintained as it is in excellent shape from tee to green. It is a resort course so there is maybe a bit more room off of the tees but don't get too excited thinking it is easy as there are plenty of desert brush and bunkers to quickly take a few strokes away if you give it the chance. You can find most balls in the desert but recovery shots may be more difficult than the search was to find the ball.

The greens were very fair but also very fast. Fast was fine by us as it was consistent all day on every green. Stay below the hole or have a very light hand when putting downhill.

Cart person was ever present when needed and very pleasant as the rest of the staff.

Fairways are in excellent condition and quite undulating. The GPS system on the carts is excellent and very handy on some of those par 5's that have blind shots.

One of the distractions of this course are the great views of the area on every single hole. Each hole could be an advertising picture for the course as it was that beautiful. I was very glad that we picked this course to play on our USA golfing states tour. We will be back in the ABQ area and maybe add a few of the other course but Sandia will be a must play for us upon our return. We also enjoyed a fine meal and drinks after our first round of the week and it was delicious and refreshing as we overlooked the 18th green.

The only slight complaint that I believe they should address is the ability to store clubs for hotel guests. It is a 3 minute walk from the hotel lobby to the clubhouse but by having to keep our clubs either in the car or the room it adds waiting for the car valet to get your car and then drive to the clubhouse to drop your clubs and then go park. Yes it is maybe 3-45 minutes and you are on vacation but I just think it would go a l g way in the customer service area. My rating remains high regardless of this issue but it would be nice to return in the future and see this remedied.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

They now have Golf Boards!

Just so you know . . . I haven't tried them but they look like they are a blast.

Course is in great shape for the fall & winter season.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Can't go wrong playing at Sandia

Slightly more pricey than the city courses, but well worth the few extra dollars. The staff is incredible and it's always a good experience golfing there. The greens can be a little sketchy at certain times of the year, but the summer and fall are outstanding times to play this course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Easily one of the best courses in Albuquerque

First off, this is my home course. Just to get that out of the way.

Sandia is easily one of the best courses in Albuquerque. The course is a fun challenge in good shape with spectacular views. Even at NM's elevation above sea level, playing from the tips is brutal. There are only a few small spots on 1 or 2 greens that they struggle with but it rarely affects play. New silica sand in the bunkers makes a big difference, easier greenside but tougher from the fairway bunkers in my opinion. Reasonable rates (most juniors are free w/ paying adult and especially if you are a member of the Champion's Club), convenient location with easy access, friendly staff all around (pro shop, grill, on course), new GPS carts, excellent practice areas, and FANTASTIC food (seriously, have lunch at the grill, you won't regret it). Pace of play is typically pretty good unless you get too many out of town resort guests on the course. Highly recommended.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Local Favorite

Typical wide-open resort course. Close to the city and great views of the Sandia's. Pace is usually slow and greens are large but usually slow and patchy and bumpy. Clubhouse has great food. Can get windy in the afternoon.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Great Resort Golf

Sandia is kept in very good shape year round. Friendly staff and nice pace of play makes it a very enjoyable experience.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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